Home hints

Ge­orgina Bit­con shares tips for re­mov­ing car­pet stains, iden­ti­fy­ing hol­i­day pics, stor­ing and chop­ping herbs, Christ­mas cook­ing and more.

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QThe studs on the bot­tom of an old bag have put rust marks on my cream­coloured wool car­pet. How do I re­move them? A. Mur­phy. Pour small mounds of uniodised salt onto each mark, then moisten with just a few drops of le­mon juice. Do not sat­u­rate – the marks should still be cov­ered with damp salt. Leave the mounds to dry com­pletely, then vac­uum the salt away.

Sim­ple sten­cils

To make a sim­ple sten­cil for num­ber­ing your rub­bish and recycling bins, print num­bers in a large clear font on your com­puter, trace them onto thin card­board and cut out, leav­ing a sten­cil. Tape the sten­cil to the bins and paint them with spray paint or a brush, then re­move.

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When tak­ing travel pho­tos, take a shot of some­thing that in­volves each new town’s name (such as street signs, shops, post of­fices). It’s very help­ful when sort­ing lots of pic­tures.

Fresher for longer

To get the most from a bunch of fresh basil, store it in a glass of wa­ter, like a bunch of flow­ers, and use the leaves from the bot­tom of the stems first, work­ing up to the top.

Dou­ble shot iced cof­fee

Fill ice cube trays with cold brewed cof­fee and freeze. Add cubes to cof­fee with ice-cream for a full-strength iced cof­fee drink.

Sharpen up

If sticky duct or mask­ing tape keeps gunk­ing up your scis­sors, wipe the blades with a baby wipe or eu­ca­lyp­tus oil.

Panty­hose know-how

To help an­chor and es­tab­lish plants on a steep slope, cut the legs off old panty­hose, fill with pot­ting soil, knot the ends, then hold in place in a U-shape with tent pegs and back­fill against the curve.

Av­o­cado magic

When you only want half an av­o­cado, in­stead of cut­ting it length­wise, cut it around the mid­dle and store the un­used half cut-side down in a snug-fit­ting glass in the fridge.

Handy hand sani­tiser

Wipe the white rub­ber sec­tions of your sneak­ers and gym shoes with hand sani­tiser to keep them clean and white.

Clever cal­en­dar

For a su­per-sim­ple Ad­vent cal­en­dar, cover match­boxes with pretty pa­per, num­ber them one to 24, glue strips of junk ad­ver­tis­ing mag­nets to the back, fill with tiny treats and ar­range them on the fridge.


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If you don’t want to use al­co­hol in your Christ­mas cake or pud­ding, soak the fruit in Earl Grey tea or slightly di­luted gin­ger cor­dial – both will give a great flavour.

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